Louth TD calls on Government to redevelop Louth Hospital site to relieve stretched health services in Eastern region

Trolley figures reached an all-time high of 607 for the month of November in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

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Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has called on the Dáil for "action and not mere words" in finding solutions to "the ongoing disgrace that is the Trolley Crisis".


The Louth and East Meath TD noted that the trolley figures, which were 29 (last Tuesday) in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and were at an all-time high of 607 for the month of November.


The local TD is also pushing for the Government to redevelop the 12-acre site at the Louth County Hospital “that is ripe for development and could take much of the load and relieve the difficulties for the Eastern Region.”


He said: “I pointed out that lip-service does not help to provide hip services or any other health service. In my lifetime of involvement with health boards, waiting lists have continued to grow and every service under successive governments has been trying to put a gallon into a pint cup."


Breathnach continued: "The health services are running to a standstill despite the huge growth in population, particularly in the past 30 years. The Taoiseach stated that if it was just a matter of funding, this issue would have been resolved by now because there has been an increase of over 20% in funding."


The Fianna Fáil TD also noted that whilst Ireland has one of the highest levels of expenditure on health services of all OECD countries, “it also has one of the poorest outcomes”.


Breathnach statement continued: “The latter was despite the fact that, as the Minister indicated, a 60-bed unit has been opened at the hospital. There is a bed capacity review this week which is expected to say that 2,500 extra beds are required.”


“I asked that the Minister dust down the proposals on the regional hospital for the North East in that respect. There is a 12-acre site at the Louth County Hospital that is ripe for development and could take much of the load and relieve the difficulties for the Eastern Region.”


Breathnach concluded: “The Government should be making sure that we deliver to those who are waiting and for us to stop paying lip service.”